Technology Quantum breakthrough brings the future forward at warp speed

Quantum breakthrough brings the future forward at warp speed

A group of physicists at UNSW Sydney have built a super-fast version of the central building block of a quantum computer.

Their two-qubit gate is 200 times faster than anything similar built before – that’s like going from walking pace to flying in a jet aircraft at 1000km/h.

Apply that acceleration to digital processing, and you can see it’s more than just a super-computer on our hands.

Quantum computers can already solve, in minutes, problems that would take a conventional machine centuries to work out.

And thanks to a group of scientists led by 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons, quantum computing has achieved its next big breakthrough.

The culmination of 20 years of work, this milestone was long thought to be impossible.

“We’ve really shown that it is possible to control the world at the atomic scale – and that the benefits of the approach are transformational,” Professor Simmons said.

Quantum computing is set to revolutionise everything from financial analysis, stock market modelling, drug design and testing, and early disease detection and prevention.

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